Carmelo Anthony knows that Charles Barkley and the TNT crew are going to have a field day when the pathetic Knicks (3-13) meet the horrible Nets (5-13) Thursday on national TV.
And Anthony says the Knicks deserve the ridicule.
"We are the laughingstock of the league right now," Anthony said Wednesday following practice. "I mean, it's nothing to hide. We are. That's why its' a big game for us. Do I like being laughed at? Hell, no. I don't like that feeling."
The Knicks will take a nine-game losing streak into Brooklyn, and head coach Mike Woodson could lose his job if the losing streak reaches 10.
The big-spending Nets, like the Knicks, have under-performed and been embroiled in turmoil. Nets coach Jason Kidd on Tuesday reassigned his mentor, assistant coach Lawrence Frank, after the two had a falling out. And that followed Kidd's $50,000 fine for spilling a drink on the court during a game last week.
"It's the rivalry and both teams stink," Kidd said Tuesday, when the Nets were blown out by Oklahoma City, 111-87.
Told of his former teammate's comments, Anthony agreed.
"We do," Anthony said. "He wasn't lying about that. I mean, we do. For us we just gotta figure it out and try to turn it around. Why not start tomorrow?"
Amazingly, the Nets and Knicks are only two and three games out of first place in the Atlantic Division, respectively.
A win by the Knicks would not only stop the losing streak, but might save Woodson for at least another day.
"A win is a win and I think when you win it settles a lot of things," Anthony said. "We gotta start from somewhere. We gotta start from one game, one win, just as quickly as we started losing games in a row, I feel we like can start winning basketball games."
Adam Zagoria covers the New York Knicks and Big East hoops for NBA.com and SNY.tv. He also appears as a Big East Basketball Insider on SNY and 1050 ESPN Radio. You can follow him on Twitter and read his blog.